Wyndham could add up to six Las Vegas properties to its portfolio by 2021. "We feel we are very underrepresented in the Vegas marketplace overall, and that is why we think there is room for expansion," said Chief Development Officer Chip Ohlsson.
Whether the wellness trend is a worthwhile investment for hotel companies was debated by hospitality executives at the recent Global Wellness Summit in Cesena, Italy. A key problem that emerged is the executives see a lack of real metrics to quantify the monetary value of wellness.
Architectural styles ranging from Italian Renaissance to Art Deco and ghosts of celebrity guests such as Marilyn Monroe and Al Capone distinguish 16 history-rich downtown Chicago hotels. A review of the storied properties points out that some started their lives as office buildings or mansions.
An underserved consumer segment will fuel the growth of avid hotels, said Jennifer Gribble, VP, Americas, Holiday Inn Express and avid hotels. InterContinental Hotel & Resorts recently launched its new midscale brand near Oklahoma City in Quail Springs, Okla.
Loyalty apps for hotel customers have matured from being a reservations tool to a wide-ranging tool for processes such as remote check-in and room keying. Hilton's Connected Room platform allows guests to control their space climate, lighting and appliances through the company's app.
Toasted chestnut, golden blond and "cold brew" are among the hair colors trending this fall. "The current fall hair trend we're seeing is a lot warmer ... vibrant reds, soft golds, and most notably, a lot of soft, chestnut browns," says Elisabeth Lovell, co-founder of the Whiteroom Salon.